Equatorial Guinean authorities mentioned they’ve foiled a coup plot towards long-serving President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on the tail of clashes with alleged mercenaries close to the border with Cameroon.
Government troops mentioned they killed a “mercenary” and “used gunfire to disperse” different mercenaries within the forests alongside the border”, state tv TVGE mentioned, with out specifying what number of “mercenaries” had been concerned or how lengthy the clashes lasted.
Reports of the capturing got here after Security Minister Nicolas Obama Nchama mentioned in an announcement on public radio that an tried coup had been mounted on December 24, allegedly by overseas mercenaries recruited by political opponents.
“A group of Chadian, Sudanese and Central Africans infiltrated Kye Ossi, Ebibeyin, Mongomo, Bata and Malabo to attack the head of state, who was in the Koete Mongomo presidential palace for the year-end holiday,” he mentioned.
The “mercenaries… were recruited by Equatorial Guinean militants from certain radical opposition parties with the support of certain powers”, the minister mentioned.
The tried infiltration had been repelled “in collaboration with the Cameroon security services”, he mentioned.
Sources instructed AFP that the nation’s ambassador to Chad had been arrested and was being held in a army camp.
Formerly a Spanish colony, Equatorial Guinea is one in all sub-Sahara’s greatest oil producers however a big proportion of its 1.2 million inhabitants lives in poverty.
Obiang, in energy for greater than 38 years, is accused by critics of brutal repression of opponents, electoral fraud and corruption.
Obiang took energy in a coup on August three, 1979, ousting his personal uncle, Francisco Macias Nguema, who was shot by firing squad.
He was re-elected to a fifth seven-year time period in 2016, gaining greater than 90 % of the vote, based on the official outcomes.